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A Matter of Trust

Let me start by saying it's been a GREAT week!
It's been a challenging school year to this point, and the weeks before Thanksgiving Break were a struggle. I've ended more days than I can count feeling ineffective. I admit I expected this week, as students returned from Thanksgiving and looked ahead to Christmas, to be just as challenging.
My students have put forth great effort this week, and it's been one of those weeks where things have seemed a little smoother and easier.
I'm thankful for the positive week. And making a "note to self" to remember this week when the next rough patch hits.
What I really want to talk about, though, is trust. Trust in my students.

I was talking with a colleague this week, and I theorized that every teacher is somewhat of a control freak. It's MY classroom and MY students, and I want things to go (and be done) MY way.

Flipping my Algebra 1 classes two years ago was the beginning of me giving up some control. Of me trus…